08114100 is referenced by 183 patents and cites 21 patents.

Methods and devices for fastening tissue are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, a tissue fastener is provided and includes a male fastening member having a base plate with at least one post extending therefrom and having a tissue-piercing tip. A protective member is coupled to the male fastening member and is movable between an open position in which the tissue-piercing tip is enclosed within the protective member such that the tissue-piercing tip is prevented from penetrating tissue, and a compressed position in which the tissue-piercing tip is exposed to penetrate tissue. A female fastening member is configured to mate to the male fastening member and to engage tissue therebetween.

Title
Safety fastener for tissue apposition
Application Number
11/567259
Publication Number
8114100 (B2)
Application Date
December 6, 2006
Publication Date
February 14, 2012
Inventor
Richard F Schwemberger
Cincinnati
OH, US
Michael S Cropper
Edgewood
KY, US
John P Measamer
Cincinnati
OH, US
Richard C Smith
Milford
OH, US
Agent
Nutter McClennen & Fish
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/122
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